ERIC Number: ED188101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Sex-Role, Self-Concept and Power in Intimate Relationships.
Falbo, Toni; Peplau, Letitia Anne
Research with a two-dimensional model of power strategies used in intimate relationships has found that men are more likely to report using direct bilateral strategies, while women are more likely to report using indirect, unilateral strategies. The relationships among sex-role, self-concept, and the power strategies used in intimate relationships were investigated to identify the differences between persons classified as masculine, feminine, undifferentiated, or androgynous by the Personal Attributes Questionnaire (PAQ). College students (N=100) completed questionnaires on their background and romantic/sexual relationships in addition to the PAQ. Results indicated that androgynous persons used bilateral strategies such as persuasion, bargaining, and positive affect in getting their way. Undifferentiated persons used unilateral strategies such as emotional withdrawal or pursuing their own ends--regardless. Masculine individuals preferred direct strategies such as asking their partners to do what they wanted, while feminine individuals chose indirect, unilateral strategies such as pouting. Overall findings were consistent with expectations based on definitions of the PAQ types. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intimacy; Personal Attributes Questionnaire
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979).